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. also, what it's like to debate mitt romney. newt gingrich knows and he'll tell us about that and more. and after a multimillion dollar makeover, what's supposed to be one of washington's most beautiful sites is an ugly eyesore. wolf blitzer's off today. i'm joe johns. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with one of the states that in just 41 days could decide the presidential election, ohio, is so important both to president obama and mitt romney campaigning there this afternoon. and there's more of a backdrop than just the early autumn trees. a brand new quinnipiac/cbs "new york times" poll has the president a full ten points ahead of romney in ohio. 53% to 43%. let's begin with cnn white house correspondent dan lothian. >> reporter: joe, even though a new poll shows the president with a double digit lead in ohio, mr. obama continues to push hard in the state. it's a huge priority for the campaign according to a top aide. by our count the president has visited ohio at least 13 times so far this year. this time ahead of early voting, which by the way begins next tuesday. now,
, ohio, is so important both to president obama and mitt romney campaigning there this afternoon. and there's more of a backdrop than just the early autumn trees. a brand new quinnipiac/cbs "new york times" poll has the president a full ten points ahead of romney in ohio. 53% to 43%. let's begin with cnn white house correspondent dan lothian. >> reporter: joe, even though a new poll shows the president with a double digit lead in ohio, mr. obama continues to push hard in the state. it's a huge priority for the campaign according to a top aide. by our count the president has visited ohio at least 13 times so far this year. this time ahead of early voting, which by the w begins next tuesday. now, today the president was again selling his policies and his record in a state he says has benefitted from the auto bailout. he talked about the thousands of jobs created but also hit china and went after his gop opponent. >> he's been talking tough on china. he says he's going to take the fight to them. he's going to go after these cheaters. and i've got to admit, that message is better tha
of society that has not been controlled by the government. lou: governor romney seizing the moment attacks the president on his foreign policy miscues, democrats tried to push foreign policy as one of the president's strengths. >> said that developments in middle east are bumps in the road. that was my reaction. bump in the road? we have an ambassador assassinated. a muslim brotherhood member electioned to presidency of egypt. 20,000 people have been killed in syria. we have tumult in pakistan, iran is that much closer to having the capacity to build a nuclear weapon, these are human lives, not bumps in the road. lou: we will take this up talking with national security experts and we'll talk with national leading doctors, jeffrey garder, and robby ludwig, to psycho analyze the president, and governor romney. the politics of this presidential race. we begin tonight with waleed farris, serves as foreign policy senior advisor to governor romney. also with us, pulitzer prize winning journalist, judy miller, let me begin with you, bumps in the road. what in the world could the president have be
powder keg many feel could explode. >> biden was supposed to be in florida focused on beating up romney on medicare -- >> i want to say, i want to say one thing -- >> he could not resist going off message to rush to president obama's defense. >> i want to tell you how proud i am to stand shoulder to shoulder with a guy who has done more for israel physical security than any president of eight i served with. >> that came the day that the president was on the phone with netanyahu who is in the united states instead of meeting him in person. a white house statement said they are in full agreement of a shared goal to prevent iran obtaining a nuclear weapon, it stopped short of agreal to the red line that he demanded thursday. >> where should a red line be drawn? right here. before, before iran completes a second stage of nuclear enrichment. >> romney pressured the president scheduling his own call today with netanyahu. >> the national security threat is iran with nuclear capability. we spoke about the assessment of where the red line ought to be drawn. >> romney took the opening to hamer a
to the white house. in three days, romney and president obama will be squaring off in their first debate. today both candidates stepping off the campaign trail to try to get ready. a big shift in the polls may hinge in the out come. latest real clear politics average, recent national polls it shows president obama leading by four percentage points. today vice presidential nominee paul ryan saying the g.o.p. ticket will come from behind to win. no surprises, senior advisor thinks otherwise. >> given that we're going to win this race. >> but you are not at this point ix are losing? >> we can debate polls. i can tell you this. the president is offering four more years of the same. he has been very good at distorting the issue and disguising the truth. he has been very good on distracting people. he is running on division, distraction on distortion to try to win an election by default. >> we have had a strategy that we executed from the beginning. we're ahead because the american people believe that this president has in his mind and in his heart the middle-class and how to build an economy that wo
. confusing scene. >> thank you, there, greg. martha. martha: governor mitt romney addressing the recent violence overseas in a campaign stop during the key battleground state of ohio. he is asking where the leadership is on all of this from the white house. he says we don't need a president who stays silent. >> it means that with the developments in the middle east these days when we have a an ambassador assassinated, when we have 20,000 people killed in syria, when we have a muslim brotherhood leader become the new president of egypt, when we have iran moving closer and closer to a nuclear clear weapon, we don't have a calling these things bumps in the road. we have a president who takes this serious to get america on track to shape world affairs. martha: that is a major focus of governor romney past couple days. he is also slamming the obama administration for quote, not coming clean on murders of four americans in libya. karl rove on that. twin explosions targeting a syrian building. this is brand new video we have just gotten in. it is amateur video we're monitoring for you. these e
was in poland and got the chance to meet a hero. i came in and he said, mr. romney, you've just come from the united states. you must be tired. you sit, i'll talk. you listen. and so i did. then he said this. and he repeated it again and again. where is american leadership? we need american leadership. where is american leadership? then he'd talk about a region of the world and what was happening in that region. then he'd say where is american leadership? then he'd go to another region and talk about the challenges there. where is american leadership? the world has always looked to us as the shining city on the hill. that light looks dimmer. we keep kicking the challenges down the road and hope someone else will deal with it. that time is now ours. this is the greatest generation that left us this nation so prosperous and so free. now it's our turn. they've held the torch alost for the whole world to see. a torch of freedom, opportunity and hope. they're getting fewer and further between, the greatest generation. they can't hold it quite as high as they used to. it's our turn to grab the
mitt romney will speak with israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu at some point today. president obama has taken heavy criticism not meeting with netanyahu while he was in the states to visit the general assembly. he drew a line making a case that iran is reaching nuclear point of no return but netanyahu laid out his vision for peace in the region. >> we want to see the three great religions that sprang fourth from our region, judaism, christianity and islam coexist in peace and mutual respect. yet the medieval forces of rad call islam who you saw storming american embassies of the middle east, they oppose this. they seek supremacy over all muslims. martha: david lee miller live at the united nations. david, what has been the reaction to that speech? >> reporter: martha one thing worth noting soon after prime minister netanyahu spoke mitt romney issued a statement essentially endorsing and echoing the remarks of the prime minister. romney joined the prime minister's call for a middle east progress of peace and he joined the call to prevent what he called the gravest threat. by th
toss upstate, president obama and governor romney both campaigning in the same battleground state today. we'll take you straight to ohio and talk about the strategies there, plus violent protests in two european capitols. latest fall outs from efforts to slash out of control government spending. what the street battles you're seeing across the pond there mean for our economic future. and finding justice for an american couple murdered in a tropical paradise. it's all happening now. and back to the big story of the day, iranian mahmoud ahmadinejad getting set to address the u.n. general assembly. hello, everyone, i'm arthe arthel nevel in for jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. mahmoud ahmadinejad delivering what is expected to be his final speech to the u.n. as president of the islamic republic. this caps a week of belligerent receipt particular. on tuesday he called for a new world order, free from what he calls american bullying. all this has governor mitt romney and the republican national committee hit the president hard on foreign policy, releasing a scathing attack being the president'
voting with few restrictions why are they seeing so few mitt romney commercials? to the rest looking foolish? why are they holding their fire? in 2008 more than one-third of knowledgeable iowans have voted by a 2% and 30% from ohio them by the 18th 61 1/4 carolina nearly 80% of colorado by then the election was done. it was over. think about what was going on. in the early stages of the financial free-fall the market was still searing and panic and rage not a good time to be the incumbent party or four john mccain to be saving resources and campaign media blitz. especially more than one-third of fort -- voters could not be moved with the illicit -- less sens barack obama got imploring ohio voters to take advantage of early boating he is not stupid but seizing the moment that is why we question they could blow the moment of the shane paul ryan is one thing when he first unleashes him here to what switches smart but it is still piling up voters in record numbers continue to pile up their ballots that looks dumb especially most will have the long before election day that for the moment
but it does not matter for them. why the romney campaign does not leave a minute to spare. air and i was startled by the numbers but they need to get the ads out and fast? >> look at i would this week the obama campaign says more than 100,000 ballots are from democrats versus 40,000 republicans. the obama campaign will hit them again and again. neil: i don't know the record but generally it is reflective of the moment look at the polls in favor the president. if you are mitt romney you don't have the moment to spare. >> you need to make a move quick. early voters are the hard partisans mostly the vote will not change voting today universe sixth. as strong as the president's early voting program is as he invented the wheel so does the romney campaign and track it thoroughly. i expected to be competitive if he loses it is not due to the early voting program. but can he get ads on the ear pressed up to compete with the obama onslaught? neil: at the convention nassau lot of obama adds running six slate -- six /1. but they did seize the early initiative and but wonder if you are sitting o
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at the united nations. governor romney was a new york. speaking at the clinton global initiative. the republican nominee did not miss an opportunity to criticize the president's reaction to the anti-american sentiment that has swept the muslim world. fox news chief white house correspondent ed henry with our report. >> reporter: after days of anti-american violence burning all across the muslim world, the iranian military pledged -- flex its muscles by unveiling a new drug they claim against the in the air for 24 hours and fly over 1100 miles, enough to reach israel and various u.s. military bases throughout the mideast. as the tensions grow new york city posted to presidential nominees of ring to vastly different visions. president obama address the general assembly and suggested he has little ability to shapeless happening on the ground. >> as we can solve every problem and the world the united states has not and will not seek to dictate the outcome of a democratic transitions abroad. >> reporter: a few minutes earlier republican mitt romney appeared with former president bill clinton at the i
numbers that the fight for president obama and mitt romney remains close days away from the first presidential debate. "wall street journal" marist poll showing the president has a seven point edge in new hampshire and smaller two point lead in north carolina and nevada. that is within the poll's margin of error. meantime new "fox news" polling showing governor romney is losing some ground to president obama among likely voters nationwide. the president, now leading, compared to how things stood before the conventions, when governor romney held a slight edge. joining me now to talk about it with his take, stephen hayes, columnist for "the weekly standard." so since the convention, steven, you know the president has increased his overall lead by five points, yet huge numbers of likely voters, want to show you this, 73%, think that many policies need to change. how is it possible, i mean that's a big number, 73%. how is it possible that an incumbent leads when so many voters want change? >> isn't that an absolutely fascinating result? putting those two poll numbers up against one an
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. welcome to cbs this morning. mitt romney starts a new push in battleground states and tells cbs news his 14% tax rate is fair. >>> have researchers found a road map to the cure for breast cancer? we'll ask a leading surgeon. >>> arnold schwarzenegger opens up to "60 minutes" about family and politics. we'll talk with lesley stahl about that. >>> "homeland and "modern family" win big at the emmys. >> we win a look at today's eye opener. your world in 90 seconds. >> we're going to restore the economic freedom that built this economy in the first place. >> can you win this thing? >> i'm going to win this thing. >> mitt romney tries to get back on message. >> responding to his critics to spend more time with voters and less time raising money. >> this is a campaign that's running out of time. we've got 45 days left. give anybody 40, 45 days and they can change everything. >>> at least three dozen major wildfires are burning in nine states. two fires broke out in southern california, sending residents running. >> grabbed what we could. we're pretty freaked out about our house. >>> the emmy go
. specifically the election battle between these two men. either mitt romney or barack obama will be the one to decide on the war or peace question. prime minister netanyahu seems to be betting on romney. romney has known him for 35 years. he visited him on the campaign trail in israel. and i even saw one of mitt romney's books on netanyahu's study shelf in jer use lem. he even appears in a pro romney ad in florida. >> the fact is, that every day that passes, iran gets closer and closer to nuclear bombs. >> right now, the candidates are duelling over how to handle the conflict. >> the president's decision not to meet with netanyahu, prime minister of israel when the prime minister is here is a mistake. >> so, you know, governor romney is suggesting that we should start another war, he should say so. >> tonight, the israeli response to iran "outfront." earlier, i spoke with israel's council general in new york and asked him for his reaction to ahmadinejad's comments. >> well, i think it's the wrong framing to look at it as you know, iran versus israel. this is a much larger issue. it's the wo
cain what romney should be doing. >>> the turbulence continues on american and now the airline is threatening to take its pilots to court to put an end to the flight cancellations. >> we begin with a look at today's "eye-opener," your world in 90 seconds. >>> standing ovation, the league reaps a deal wednesday night with the officials association. let's have a simultaneous smile. >> the nfl and league officials end the three-month lockout. >> the regular referees will be on the field starting with thursday night's game. >> the deal, which must be ratified by the union, will happen on friday. >> the media has finally taken a stand on an issue on this day and said let's bring our boys home! >> i want to see us export more jobs -- export more products, excuse me. i was channeling my opponent there for a second. >> the obama campaign engaged in character assassination. >> oh, sure. they completely misrepresent my point of view. >>> today at the united nations, benjamin netanyahu will issue dire warning on the nuclear program. >> hundreds of passengers endure a frightening landing,
this morning." as president obama speaks to the u.n., mitt romney wants to know why the president is not talking to other world leaders. >> speaking of world leaders, we talk with the rulers of egypt and iran and also with president bill clinton. >> and the controversial last-second call has nfl fans and players outraged. so did last night's game seal the fate of those replacement r refs. >> but we begin with today's eye opener, your world in 90 seconds. >> more than 120 world leaders are in town, but the president is not scheduled to meet with any of them. >> president obama to address the united nations amid growing controversy. >> he hasn't set a meeting with benjamin netanyahu of israel. >> he did tape an appearance on "the view." >> he's expected to dissuade iran from pursuing its nuclear weapons program. >> do you think this election has the possibility of producing a change that will overcome gridlock? >> i think it almost certainly will. let me explain why. i think the president's going to win. >> the call on the field stands. touchdown. >> seahawks win in the most bizarre
, bain capital to go after mitt romney's business record. >> clayton: peter doocy live in washington d.c. with the details. this short of worked for president obama earlier in the summer, trying to paint mitt romney this way with bain ads. will this work? we'll have to see. >> reporter: we do have to wait and see and the economy is set to be the topic of wednesday's presidential debate and mitt romney is going to try it tout his record at bain capital for a reason to pick him. the democrats are trying to peck up people who used to work bain capital, and a part of the election season, he was featured on a conference call with the now infamous, joe southic, a former employer of a bain company that later on claimed that mitt romney indirectly killed his wife and mitt romney deputy campaign manager stephanie cutter claemd not to remember and we also heard from mr. foster at the democrat national convention earlier this month. >> bain took over the bill, they loaded it up with millions in debt and within months, they used some of that money to millions, within a decade the debt kept growin
costco? you need two things and get a cartful. >> the romneys at costco, indeed. her first time being on the late night talk show like that. it was good. getting into the nitty-gritty. they want to again, the human factor. show the lighter side. she was trying to do that for mitt. he need the help. downen two battleground states. florida, and ohio not looking kindly. miles to go. what a week from today. october 3rd. big event. >> denver. that will be the first of three presidential debates. >> they say, ironically enough, romney may have an advantage. he had 19 debates during the primaries. all the republican debates. the president is rusty after four years. see how that factors out. both men doing a lot of prep. >> all this dirt, dirty lawn dream was aired out for everybody to see and hear. romney during the 19 debates. >> yeah, yeah, a lot of practice for sure. all right, in california, nearly 1,000 firefighters plan an all-out assault on a fire that is still smoldering near the border with mexico. >> the blaze killed one person and burned a dozen homes. abc's brandi hitt from
is in the aiddle of the still-ongoing violence. john miller has the investigation. we asked mitt romney about those outdid comments that have shaken up his campaign. is it just that when someone is inning for president in this day and age you can't always say what you believe? dr. jon lapook on a discovery that experts say could lead to a cure for breast cancer. and mark phillips with a killer for the irish republican army. she's told us her story, but will the police get to hear it. captioning sponsored by cbs pt this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. president obama said today the united states is gathering evidence in the murders of the u.s. ambassador to libya and three other americans, but he said "there is no doubt that the assault on the u.s. consulate in benghazi this past september 11 wasn't just a mob action." evidence is growing that the murder of ambassador chris ssevens was planned and targeted. in new york today the president of libya met with secretary of ofate clinton at the united nations. he said that the libyan people had lost a friend. a year
the fans. one again, 70,000 calls to the nfl. you had the president weighing in on this, mitt romney weighing in about it. there were calls for goodell to resign because he wasn't managing things the way he should have been. it was really the pressure coming in from the fans, from everyone watching nfl to get this done. >> we all know that a deal is not a deal until the signatures are sign. until we design the papers. is it done? as far as we know, is there any chance this could fall through at this point? >> it has to be ratified by the referees association. but all indications are very clear, this is a done deal. and then we'll get back to having the regular refs on the field. as you said at the top, let's see how long the honeymoon lasts. right? a year from now we'll be back to criticizing them again. >> jason carroll, appreciate that. thank you very much. i'm sure everybody is glad we're having this story on this morning. >>> former nfl referee red cashion joins us in the next hour. the nfl asked him to help train the replacement officials. you know what his response was? >> what
of democracy in the muslim world. >>> the romney/ryan campaign will be crisscrossing ohio, a key battleground state where new polls show they're trailing president obama. they will focus on how they plan to handle the debt crisis, improve unemployment and cut spending if they're elected to office. meantime, ann romney doing her part as well appearing on the tonight show with jay leno where she reflected on the possibility of her husband becoming the first mormon at the white house. >> on a serious note, talk about the significance if he gets elected being the first mormon president. >> i love the fact that we have the first african-american president, that means to me, that we're leaving prejudices behind. i would hope that if mitt were elected we would see more of the same. >> she also talked about how much she and her husband love shopping at costco, saying she recently picked up an $18, three pack of kirkland dress shirts he wears "all the time." who doesn't love shopping at costco? you need two things and get a cartful. >> the romneys at costco, indeed. her first time being on the late ni
. >>> moving on, republican presidential hopeful mitt romney and his running mate, paul ryan, on the stump in ohio today, a key battleground state where new poll numbers show their campaign is in some serious trouble. they're going to be touting their plans to tackle the debt crisis, improve unemployment and cut spending. but romney seems to have strayed from his long time insistence that president obama raised taxes during his first term now. he is saying the president did not. >> his idea now is -- he's got one new, one new idea. i admit this one thing he did not do in his first four years he said he will do in the next four years, which is to raise taxes. >> the romney campaign is standing by the argument that the president has raised taxes. fact check, obama has raised taxes on cigarettes and tanning beds and not income taxes. though romney's own spokesman says it has happened 19 times. >>> well, the nfl and locked out referees have met behind closed doors trying to resolve their differences. the meeting comes amid growing outrage over the call made monday night by a replacement ref. e
a cartoon. mitt romney -- the u.s. should immediately bomb england. foreign policy with mitt romney. this is a cartoon that i had in my comic strip. we each have these -- i do not know. i am not sure if best and -- i promised i would not miss up your comic strip. we each do a comic strip so we are lucky as far as editorial cartoons. good to use the other side of our brands to read comics. i have been accused of making my way to political. this is my 9/11 tribute. it actually was originally a long strip. you have to turn your head to see it. i made it into an editorial cartoon. here is mitt romney having a candlelight vigil for osama bin laden. this is a cartoon i did the year after 9/11 about maybe some of the causes behind 9/11. this is also the year after 911. i call it the twin tepees. it marks the genocide that has happened. it was a reaction to some of the more excess of chest beating about 9/11. we never remember the other tragedies that have been on american soil. i do not really have anything to say about this. [laughter] i think the ladies and know what i am talking about.
miller has the investigation. we asked mitt romney about those candid comments that have shaken up his campaign. is it just that when someone is running for president in this day and age you can't always say what you believe? dr. jon lapook on a discovery that experts say could lead to a cure for breast cancer. and mark phillips with a killer for the irish republican army. she's told us her story, but will the police get to hear it. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. president obama said today the united states is gathering evidence in the murders of the u.s. ambassador to libya and three other americans, but he said "there is no doubt that the assault on the u.s. consulate in benghazi this past september 11 wasn't just a mob action." evidence is growing that the murder of ambassador chris stevens was planned and targeted. in new york today the president of libya met with secretary of state clinton at the united nations. he said that the libyan people had lost a friend. a year ago in libya a bunch of ragtag militias ov
and syria while his handling of the turmoil of the middle east is being questioned by mitt romney. >>> fatal fire. at least one person has been killed by a wind-stoked wildfire burning east of san diego. >>> and monday night madness. the green bay packers come up on the short end of another controversial call by the nfl's replacement refs. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everybody. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. president obama takes a brief break from the campaign trail today to address the united nations general assembly. but with just six weeks until the election and his foreign policy under attack from the romney campaign, that address will target american voters as well as world leaders. last night here in new york, secretary of state hillary clinton met with egypt's new islamist president mohamed morsi. two weeks ago, demonstrators overran the u.s. embassy in cairo. morsi assured clinton embassy protection was egypt's duty. susan mcginnis has more now from the united nations. >> reporter: in a speech to the u.n. general assembly this morning, president obama is prep
. >> he's making quite a splash on the campaign trail. when we come back his advise for mitt romney. [ woman ] it's 32 minutes to go time, and the candidate's speech is in pieces all over the district. the writer's desktop and the coordinator's phone are working on a joke with local color. the secure cloud just received a revised intro from the strategist's tablet. and while i make my way into the venue, the candidate will be rehearsing off of his phone. [ candidate ] and thanks to every young face i see out there. [ woman ] his phone is one of his biggest supporters. [ female announcer ] with cisco at the center... working together has never worked so well. [ female announcer ] with cisco at the center... ♪ chirping beeping camera ahhhh drill sound chirping electric shaver shaking remote tapping sound shaking drill chirping tapping shaking remote wouldn't it be great to have one less battery to worry about? car honking irping the 2012 sonata hybrid. the only hybrid with a lifetime hybrid battery warranty. from hyundai. ♪ (train horn) vo: wherever our trains go, the economy come
deal. >>> the romney campaign's ramping up its ad spending in three key states ahead of next wednesday's first presidential debate. over the next week it'll spend about $2.5 million in ohio, virginia, florida. recent polls show president obama is extending his lead in those states. >>> if italian prosecutors get their way, six seismologists and one government official could get four years in prison for manslaughter over a bad prediction. they argue the scientists downplayed the likelihood that a series of tremors in 2009 with a foreshadowing of a larger quake. more than 300 people died when a 6.3 magnitude quake shook the area in april of 2009. >> the sound of a frightened year-old deer but this animal is being brought to safety. the deer fell ten feet down an open pipe in arizona. no way to get itself out. that's when sheriff's deputies figures out the only way was to lasso it around the neck. you can hear it crying but it's a happy ending. >> new york is going to have another tourist attraction rather. the world's biggest ferris wheel. this is going to cost $230 million. scared of he
. president obama's once narrow lead over mitt romney has now widened considerably. in ohio, the president has moved out to a 10 point lead. ohio is traditional been key to any republican presidential victory. in florida, which is another crucial state for the gop, the president is now up by 9 points. in pennsylvania, the president is ahead by 12 points. the polls were conducted in the past week for the "new york times" and cbs news. what's caused this surge in the polls and why does the president seem to be pulling away? ktvu's ken wayne is live in san francisco with some answers to that, and also why this first debate next week is so critical. >> reporter: frank issue number 1 is the economy. many americans believe it's heading in the right direction. mitt romney has been relentlessly pounding president obama about the economy. he did it again today in ohio. >> i don't believe we can afford four more years like the past four years. >> maybe they haven't been happy the last four years. maybe they were disappointed with obama, but generally, they think we're on the right path. >> reporter: we
, a trend that could give president obama an edge over governor mitt romney on election day if republican voters don't think they can close the gap. chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel reports now from washington. >> go up and down, we have plenty of time. >> history shows late september leads can evaporate by election day. in 1968, hub bert humphrey was down 15 points to richard nixon. while nixon won it was by less than 1%. in 1976, jimmy carter had a lead over gerald ford. after three debates, ford cut the lead to five points and led in the final gallup poll though narrowly lost. in 1980, carter maintained a consistent advantage over ronald reagan, but the final presidential debate changed everything leading to a reagan landslide. with polls now showing president obama building a lead over mitt romney in key battleground states, a democratic pollster and consultant who worked for jimmy carter says finding the right sample to survey can be tricky. >> we know from the exit polls and others, the republicans tend to respond to these polls less than oftentimes, particularly from
's move to politics now. >>> president obama and mitt romney are fine-tuning their message to voters with the first presidential debate just one week away. chuck todd is nbc's political director, chief white house correspondent. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning, savannah. no swing state has been harder for mitt romney to gain traction in than ohio. it's why he has this bus trip this week. he is trying to get it back into play. the president is heading there today to try to put the state away. it's why they're both there this morning. >> it is time to get the real refs, and it reminds me of president obama and the economy. if you can't get it right, it's time to get out. >> reporter: the republican ticket is hoping their bus tour will make up lost ground in ohio as polls hoe mitt romney trailing president obama in this pivotal swing state. in dayton tuesday romney hammered mr. obama on tacks. >> i admit this one thing he did not do in his first four years, he has said he is going to do in the next four years which is to raise taxes, and is there anybody that
you. the race for the white house, governor mitt romney travels to pennsylvania and massachusetts today. president obama in washington and both candidates are focus owning fund-raising less than a week before the first debate. political director john dickerson is here, and, john, clear out from this first debate, a chance for tens of millions of americans to watch these two guys side by side, what's your sense of the calculation of the race right now? >> the race right now, the momentum is with the president, he's doing well in the national polls and also in these battleground states. the most interesting battleground state is ohio, where it looks like there have been a consistent number of polls that shows the president pulling away ahead of mitt romney outside of the margin of error. things going well for the president. expectations couldn't be higher for mitt romney in debates. >> three new polls show obama with the lead in battleground states. >> in new hampshire and north carolina, and in nevada. what's interesting about nevada is that the president is going to be there for t
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